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ST. AUGUSTINE BASED SURF PHOTOGRAPHER CODY COLEMAN GIVES A LOOK AT THE HURRICANE IRMA & JOSE SWELL HERE IN FLORIDA

Hurricane Irma gives the Oldest City a good old beating while delivering pumping surf

Well... it's been an eventful month to say the least. After spending 2 weeks in Costa Rica with a couple of close friends scoring perfect waves, we came home to what looked like a category 5 hurricane coming close to hitting our little city. I immediately had to start emptying my office & helping people prep for what looked like something very ugly. Being a week out Irma decided to take a more west track and spared us a direct hit. We did however suffer some severe flooding & heavy winds which we are still being effected by. Businesses are still trying to get back to normal and many homeowners homes are flooded and having to be gutted. The one good thing that came from Irma for the east coast of Florida was a week of non stop pumping surf right in our own backyards.

It's pretty special when you feel like your on a surf trip right at home!

The collection below gives a look into my days chasing hurricane Irma & Jose swells around North Florida. Enjoy the series & feel free to share :)

Days before Hurricane Irma approached our coast we began to experience flooding that was already changing the way Wiley had to navigate to this pre irma wave. Funny enough the same spot my car was flooded a few years ago chasing a swell here.

Days before Hurricane Irma approached our coast we began to experience flooding that was already changing the way Wiley had to navigate to this pre irma wave. Funny enough the same spot my car was flooded a few years ago chasing a swell here.

Lots of floating debri and currents this evening before Irma made for some tricky condition tryingto link up with fisheye... somehow though, Wiley & I got lucky on this one.

Lots of floating debri and currents this evening before Irma made for some tricky condition tryingto link up with fisheye... somehow though, Wiley & I got lucky on this one.

Then the stormy weather set in... the next 2 days were spent with no power and simple meals until the swell arrived... At that point we forgot we did not have power, kinda just felt like a surf trip.

Then the stormy weather set in... the next 2 days were spent with no power and simple meals until the swell arrived... At that point we forgot we did not have power, kinda just felt like a surf trip.

This photo basically says it all. Taken last Wednesday on an afternoon swim at a secluded little spot we found working quite nicely. It's not the first time I shot after the storm but rather the one photo that sums up the past week for Alec, Wiley & I.Pictured is Alec Zapponie on the inside and @ Wiley Robinson staring straight into an absolute drainer. Spent more time in the water shooting this week then I did sleeping again. That's when you know is been good.

This photo basically says it all. Taken last Wednesday on an afternoon swim at a secluded little spot we found working quite nicely. It's not the first time I shot after the storm but rather the one photo that sums up the past week for Alec, Wiley & I.Pictured is Alec Zapponie on the inside and @ Wiley Robinson staring straight into an absolute drainer. Spent more time in the water shooting this week then I did sleeping again. That's when you know is been good.

If you do your homework and search around enough between swells you can find the right sandbars for the right swells. We've been on a misson latley to do just that and i paid off big time for this past swell. This was taken Tuesday morning at a spot that was pretty special. I watched Alec Zapponie (Pictured) & Wiley Robinson get some of the most proper tubes Ive ever seen in North Florida by them selves for hours.

If you do your homework and search around enough between swells you can find the right sandbars for the right swells. We've been on a misson latley to do just that and i paid off big time for this past swell. This was taken Tuesday morning at a spot that was pretty special. I watched Alec Zapponie (Pictured) & Wiley Robinson get some of the most proper tubes Ive ever seen in North Florida by them selves for hours.

After trying to swim out with a bummed ankle and shoot water for a bit I ended up coming in to shoot land and let my ankle heal as the next few days looked so good. Right as I walked up I see Wiley pull into this well overhead perfect left drainer and coming out the other end.

After trying to swim out with a bummed ankle and shoot water for a bit I ended up coming in to shoot land and let my ankle heal as the next few days looked so good. Right as I walked up I see Wiley pull into this well overhead perfect left drainer and coming out the other end.

As I walked closer I saw a couple rights that were hard to even comprehend. I was screaming from the beach at the top of my lungs. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME"

As I walked closer I saw a couple rights that were hard to even comprehend. I was screaming from the beach at the top of my lungs. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME"

You go left, I'll go right... Somewhere near somewhere not far from somewhere :)

You go left, I'll go right... Somewhere near somewhere not far from somewhere :)

Alec opting to go right and for a good reason... He got spit right out!

Alec opting to go right and for a good reason... He got spit right out!

The Wiley In The Spot. I'm still losing my mind at how good this morning was with just the 3 of us out there...

The Wiley In The Spot. I'm still losing my mind at how good this morning was with just the 3 of us out there...

I could mind surf this one all day long. In my eyes there is no better view when walking across the dunes and seeing this with no one out...

I could mind surf this one all day long. In my eyes there is no better view when walking across the dunes and seeing this with no one out...

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Was so rad to see Eden Lang surfing so well and charging so hard during the last run of swell. You will see why in a later sequence!

Was so rad to see Eden Lang surfing so well and charging so hard during the last run of swell. You will see why in a later sequence!

Alec inside runner that he made!

Alec inside runner that he made!

Wiley a little up the beach...

Wiley a little up the beach...

Benji Lang was out all afternoon Wednesday packing tubes and finding section to hit. Super rad watching him put his head down and pack a couple heavy ones... Yeahhhh Benji !!!

Benji Lang was out all afternoon Wednesday packing tubes and finding section to hit. Super rad watching him put his head down and pack a couple heavy ones... Yeahhhh Benji !!!

Eric Hires on his single fin absolutly charging.

Eric Hires on his single fin absolutly charging.

Eden Lange on one of the most perfect waves I've seen in our neck of the woods in quite some time. Yeahhhhhh Eden!

Matt Wetmore inside runner that let him travel 16 frames...

Matt Wetmore inside runner that let him travel 16 frames...

Benji Lange backside steeze...

Benji Lange backside steeze...

Wiley Robinson went through 2 different sections before compressing though this one and getting spit out of his 10 millionth tube this week.

Wiley Robinson went through 2 different sections before compressing though this one and getting spit out of his 10 millionth tube this week.

Benji Lang about to pull into one of the better barrels he is gonna get for quite sometime here in Oldest City.

Benji Lang about to pull into one of the better barrels he is gonna get for quite sometime here in Oldest City.

When home feels like a surf trip... JJ Brito right place, right time...

When home feels like a surf trip... JJ Brito right place, right time...

I'll take a room with this view every night please...

I'll take a room with this view every night please...

Wiley met up with the sand bottom on this one...

Wiley met up with the sand bottom on this one...

Alec Zapponie driving through a foamy one at sunset on Wednesday evening... Alec, Wiley & I found a nice little sandbar to our selves this evening and took some solid beatings trying to get this view in 2 feet of water when it sucked out...

Alec Zapponie driving through a foamy one at sunset on Wednesday evening... Alec, Wiley & I found a nice little sandbar to our selves this evening and took some solid beatings trying to get this view in 2 feet of water when it sucked out...

Getting tubed with your homies in your backyard is somthing every human should expierence.

Getting tubed with your homies in your backyard is somthing every human should expierence.

This one was twice as wide as it was tall...

This one was twice as wide as it was tall...

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Dustin Richardson tail to the beach. When I got home and realized I actually got this shot I was really stoked. I was actually under water for the entire air. He was coming right at me and I was in a spot that caused me to have to go under early. Right as I felt him pass by I stuck my camera straight up while still underwater and fired away. Luck happens every so often...

Dustin Richardson tail to the beach. When I got home and realized I actually got this shot I was really stoked. I was actually under water for the entire air. He was coming right at me and I was in a spot that caused me to have to go under early. Right as I felt him pass by I stuck my camera straight up while still underwater and fired away. Luck happens every so often...

Alec Pulling into the tube while I try not to get sucked into him. That shadow says a lot about this one...

Alec Pulling into the tube while I try not to get sucked into him. That shadow says a lot about this one...

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Wiley pulling into on that hit the bar just right. Guy on the shoulder gives good perspective on this one...

Wiley pulling into on that hit the bar just right. Guy on the shoulder gives good perspective on this one...

Dustin Richardson blowing tail on a heavy inside section Thursday morning...

Dustin Richardson blowing tail on a heavy inside section Thursday morning...

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Chris Tincher Hanging 10 on a smaller morning as the Irma swell faded and Jose began to fill in.

Chris Tincher Hanging 10 on a smaller morning as the Irma swell faded and Jose began to fill in.

Saxon Wilson same morning same spot moments before grabbing his log for a couple nose rides...

Saxon Wilson same morning same spot moments before grabbing his log for a couple nose rides...

From the tube to the toes in less then 10 min... Saxon Wilson

From the tube to the toes in less then 10 min... Saxon Wilson

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Casey star only moments from getting spit out of an absolute drainer. I took a really solid beating on this one.

Casey star only moments from getting spit out of an absolute drainer. I took a really solid beating on this one.

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Wiley about to get the first glimpse of the morning surf on Tuesday morning...

Wiley about to get the first glimpse of the morning surf on Tuesday morning...

Got hit by a log, kicked a brick, bounced off the sand, got tubed... Successful morning!

Got hit by a log, kicked a brick, bounced off the sand, got tubed... Successful morning!

Frothy one right on the dry sand with Wiley.

Frothy one right on the dry sand with Wiley.

I wanted to let all my families know that I will be out of the country for a week after tomorrow. If you need any help with printing or want to purchase the digital release before I leave, I will be in my office all day today and a half day tomorrow.   -Cody

Ya Can't win them all...

Wiley flairing...

Wiley flairing...

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Andrew Gregorie getting chased down by a heavy close out section... Another one that I got completely annihilated on and part of the reason my back looks the way it does in the next photo... :)

Andrew Gregorie getting chased down by a heavy close out section... Another one that I got completely annihilated on and part of the reason my back looks the way it does in the next photo... :)

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After a solid week of swimming around shooting pumping surf right here in our backyard, i'm feeling beat up, sore, and ready for Maria to bring more :)

I hope everyone enjoyed the series. Remember to give proper credit if any images are used on social media etc.

@CodyColeman